The Literature and Science Area of the American Culture Association invites submissions for the 2006 PCA/ACA National Conference, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in charming Atlanta, Georgia from April 12-16.
Interpretive papers focusing on the representation or integration of science in specific literary texts are especially encouraged. However, proposals dealing with any aspect of the interdisciplinary field of literature and science are welcome. Topics related to the interrelations of the humanities and sciences include:
Theoretical, methodological, historical, sociological, political, economic, international, intercultural, visual, textual, and rhetorical commonalities or conflicts
Institutionalization and inter/disciplinarity of literature and science as a field of study.
Literature and science course philosophy, pedagogy, design, and texts
Use of literature (hard SF and other) to help teach science
Literary/rhetorical analyses of scientific texts
Origins and effects of such genre distinctions as "science fiction" and "popular science" on literary interpretation and on attitudes toward canonicity and professional prestige
Differing beliefs about the meaning or significance of evolution, free will, and literacy in the humanities and sciences
Literary realism and naturalism as a locus of humanistic and scientific worldviews.
Evolutionary criticism and biopoetics
Please submit 150-200 word abstracts of papers or panel proposals by November 1, 2005 to the address below.
For further information about the conference, please visit the PCA/ACA website at
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